The 12 Best Home Workout Gifts That Aren't a Peloton
Not dogging Peloton here - I have one and love it - but these 12 best home workout gifts that aren't a Peloton simply take into account that getting the company's COVID-exploded exercise bike and treadmill is tough right now. Popularity, combined with supply chain slowdowns, leaves many starving for a home fitness solution waiting for months for their sweat swag to arrive.
The roundup of 12 WorkoutFH gifts I've assembled might not arrive by Christmas at this point (though some will) but they should at be ready for home gym installation between days and a couple weeks, rather than weeks and a couple months.
Check them out, the 12 best home workout gifts that aren't a Peloton.
Note: products are priced as they were at printing. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
MoonRun Indoor Aerobic Trainer
I hate running like Jordan hates the Pistons, but even I would be down for a MoonRun. MoonRun is a bungee- and resistance-band-based treadmill alternative for indoor runners that also happens to be completely portable, low-impact, and elastic-infused with opportunities to get some Jordanesque air under your feet.
MoonRun is the celestial brainchild of a physical therapist, who developed the system for cardio junkies who want to avoid the pounding on their knees and back that traditional outdoor and treadmill running cause. In addition to straight jogging and running, those who strap into a MoonRun can perform various plyometric exercises, plus use its handled resistance bands to incorporate more upper body into their workouts. MoonRun's small, TRX-comparable size make it even more appealing for people without a lot of home gym space.
BlazePod - Reflex Training System
What's BlazePod? Think whack-a-mole, Simon, and the personal trainer you love to hate. The flash reflex training system combines elements of all 3 - even some of the fun parts - into personal and professional kits designed to help improve your reaction time, coordination, agility, speed, strength, any number of skills you have or want to build.
Connecting via Bluetooth to the BlazePod Android or iOS app, the BlazePod system comes with predefined activities, tests, competitions, and drills for people of all ages to use in their workouts, training, or Saturday night entertainment. In action, BlazePods essentially do one thing: they light up and stay lit until you touch them. Simple. But the range and complexity of activities you can create with or incorporate them into is pretty cool.
Alchemy 365 At-Home Membership & Torpedo
HIIT the yoga mat. A fitness streaming service based out of Minneapolis, MN, Alchemy 365 classes combine intervals of strength building moves with bursts cardio, and bookend them with a yoga flow warmup and cool down.
The star of Alchemy's method - aside from their instructors' extreme likability and winning Minnesota accents - is the Torpedo, a proprietary weight with handles on both ends. It's meant to serve as a cross between a dumbbell, a kettlebell, and a barbell, and from curls to thrusts to swings to presses, the Torpedo is indeed a versatile piece of equipment.
But it's not necessary to do Alchemy 365 workouts. A fair number of the 30- to 60-minute classes are bodyweight-based, and all classes that use a Torpedo are just as easy to do with dumbbells.
Liteboxer Boxing Fitness Machine
The Liteboxer is a connected boxing platform that "knocks out boredom by immersing you in music, competition and punches." Its LED-lit targets and trademarked Rhythm Technology sync to the beat of the music pumping from the attached Liteboxer speaker, cueing you to punch along to the 8-count at your selected level of difficulty.
The Liteboxer companion app comes with a variety of types and levels of training sessions, including a growing collection led by boxing trainers. You can also supplement the intense cardio partio with Liteboxer's functional strength training and yoga-based workouts.
Penis Weight Set
All the talk of building a prison body during quarantine made me seek out this penis weight set. Because while you can certainly do pushups, pullups, chinups, dips, and squats like a convicted felon, it's gonna be real hard to work out your bacon bazooka like they do in the slammer.
If you know what I mean.
1UP Gravity Pro - Bungee Workout Trainer
Bouncy bungee "workouts" are apparently a new fad in the fitness industry, and now, with a few screws and a high enough ceiling, you can get in on the cardio, core-building acrobaction at home. The 1UP Gravity Pro is just one of several bungee workout trainers now selling for individual consumer use.
Enthusiasts say it can get your heart rate up like a treadmill with none of the impact, while building total body muscle strength at the same time. The 1UP Gravity Pro system comes with 4 elastic bungee bands, 2 neoprene straps, and 2 rubber grip handles that enable moves ranging from mock running to jumping squats and pushups to the "flying squirrel." That's bungee-ing from all fours to all four limbs spread wide in the air. And, admittedly, it looks semi-fun.
Keiser M3i Indoor Cycling Bike
I've tried at least 10 different styles and brands of indoor cycling bikes, and next to the Peloton, Keiser's are hands down my favorite. (And really the only reason I like the Peloton better is for the built-in touchscreen and the classes, obviously customized to their own bike.)
The Keiser bike's greatness can be described in one word: magnets. Their M3i uses a magnetic resistance system that, at least in my 5+ years of of use, never degrades or malfunctions. I also like the company's use of a lever instead of a knob to control the resistance because it's easier to adjust and, after a few uses, you'll be able to eyeball exactly where to set it for your preferred hills and flats.
Kettle Gryp - Turn Dumbbells Into Kettlebells
Kettle Gryps get things swinging at the gym. In the hotel fitness center. In your living r- Whoa! Son of a goblet squat, Zanzibar! She-Ra: Princess of Power, can you just keep the cat in the bedroom for, like, 20 minutes so I can finish my workout without being attacked in the middle of a Turkish get-up? As I was saying, Kettle Gryps are portable, clamp-on handles that bring kettlebell workouts to anywhere with standard dumbbells and a convenient (or inconvenient) space to swing, lift, press, and squat them.
Power Reels Constant Resistance Fitness Tool
A portable fitness tool and total body gym, Power Reels are designed to provide constant resistance over the full range of the exercise you're using them for, making your muscles work harder to move weight that feels much more intense than the 3-, 5-, and 8-pound resistances the Reels come in.
Each Power Reels pair itself weights just 2 pounds, so in addition to home and office use, they're easy to bring along when you travel, or want to get in some upper body and core work after a trail run.
Boxing Reflex Ball
How to use the boxing reflex ball to elevate your boxing skills? Easy. If you want to increase your speed and shorten your reaction time, all you gotta do is wrap the ball's adjustable headband around your head and "start punching the ball without letting it hit your face!"
How's that for incentive to improve? Learning to be a better boxer with a boxing reflex ball sounds kind of like learning to be a better tightrope walker without a net: "Just start walking without falling off!"
EdgeCross X Home & Portable Gym
According to its makers the EdgeCross X accomplishes everything it needs to in just 10 minutes a day by engaging all of your muscles throughout all of its exercises. I guess kind of like how the Blizzident can clean your teeth in 6 seconds by brushing all of them at once.
STEALTH Core Trainer - Core & Full Body Gaming Workout
The STEALTH Core Trainer invites you to "Plank and play games!" Hmmm. Change that to "Plank or play games!" and I'm in. I choose play games.
STEALTH is a portable piece of fitness equipment designed to incorporate fun, or at least a level of distraction that will help you forget about the misery, into your workout. Though it's called a Core Trainer, STEALTH makers say you can get a dynamic full body workout while using the device, and strengthen your core and back in under 3 minutes a day.